Census education resources programmes

The census is unique and only happens once every 10 years. So, we want to inspire the next generation to take part.To support this important event, we’ll be running free primary and secondary education programmes.

These will help educate children and young people on the importance of the census and about how the information it collects helps shape the society we live in.

To find out more, and register your school to take part, visit:

Census Primary Education Resources Programme - Let’s Count!

To support Census 2021, we at the Office for National Statistics (ONS) have partnered with education resource centre iChild to develop an exciting, free education resource programme.

It’s cross-curricular - leading on maths - and covers Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 with specific resources for Year 6.

The Let’s Count! resource programme has achieved accreditation from Mathematics in Education and Industry (MEI), National Association for the Teaching of English (NATE) and the Geographical Association.

This easy-to-use education programme can help improve maths and writing skills, using Census 2021, a significant real-life event, as a stimulus. Let’s Count! provides flexible and time-saving resources, which will support schools through COVID-19. These resources will help to re-engage children and families in learning, and celebrate local community, as part of the recovery curriculum.

Get your resource pack

Schools in England and Wales can register now to receive their resource packs in January 2021.

Visit www.letscount.org.uk to register your school today.

Census Secondary Education Programme

The census secondary school programme will excite and engage young people aged 11 to 18 years. The programme aims to empower students to use their voices and encourage their families and community to complete the census.

Educators will be able to access inspiring whole-school and individual lesson content, which links to curriculum subjects such as citizenship, PSHE, maths and history. These lessons will use real-world tasks to explore how data can be used to influence decisions across society, bringing the census to life for young people.

There will also be a competition, which will aim to build young people's employability skills and help them articulate the importance of the census to their peers and community.

Register for Census Secondary Education Programme

Visit www.censuseducation.org.uk to register your school today.

Contact us

If you have any questions about either programme, you can email us at census.education@ons.gov.uk for more information.